Vranov chateau is mentioned as a frontier fortress for the first time in 1100 AD in a medieval chronicle. The oldest surviving parts of the building are two towers and part of the wall dated back to the 13th and 14th century. Baroque mansion, designed by outstanding imperial architect Jan Bemard Fischer von Erlach, was built up at the same location after a devastating fire in 1665. The construction took 100 years to finish.
The chateau became the property of a German baron Gebhard von der Wense-Mörse at the beginning of the 2nd World War. It was nationalized as a national cultural heritage after the war and it is administered by the National heritage care nowadays. In the past, Vranov chateau has hosted numerous artists, such as the Polish novelist Henryk Sienkiewicz , Austrian poet Jakub Julius David and others. The castle was also attended by czech & foreign filmmakers who filmed numerous movies here (e.g. XXX with Vin Diesel).
The tour of the mansion nowadays includes the ancestors’ hall, the chapel and other interiors, offering an insight into life at the Vranov chateau at the end of the 18th and through the 19th centuries. The original products of the Vranov earthenware factory, which artistically and technologically influenced the production of pottery in the Czech countries and abroad, are given a prominent place in the tour. Vranov chateau is one of the most visited & popular castles in Czech republic.